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Stuart Investments

Investing in the future of investment analysts


Stuart Investments (“SI”) is a student-run, long-only investment fund at the Illinois Institute of Technology’s Stuart School of Business, and is governed by the Board of Directors (“SI Board”). Its purpose is to offer students the opportunity to develop skills in the management and administration of a portfolio of equity investments, incorporating fundamental equity research, portfolio construction, risk management, compliance, as well as maintaining investor-client relations. The SI fund follows a "growth at a reasonable price (GARP)" philosophy and invests in U.S. listed stocks and ETFs. The investment objective is to have a diversified equity portfolio that generates long-term returns in excess of the S&P500 index without a greater level of risk exposure than the index.


Stuart Investments Board Members

Patrick Bourbon, CFA Chairman 
Ram Gopal, Vice Chairman 
Ken Johnston, CFO Liaison
Michael Rybak, CFA, Faculty Adviser 
Jagadish Devarajan, CFA Board Member 
Kurt Labakken, Board Member 
David Ashe, Board Member 
Kurt Lebakken, Board Member 


Venkat Chintaluri, Executive Director 
Bingjie Yang, Fund Manager 
Shaowei Zhong, Risk Manager 
Bricklin Welch, Section Manager


Stuart Investments was founded in 2005 by two graduate students of the school’s finance program. In October 2006, SI received $250,000 of Illinois Tech’s endowment to manage, invest, and reinvest for the benefit of Illinois Tech. Each year, SI recruits more than 40 students from its Stuart School of Business to the organization as sector leaders and sector analysts. Members are grouped into 10 teams which are based on the sectors of the GICS system. Each team conducts research on equities and presents its recommendation to the other members. Since inception, the fund’s portfolio has outperformed its benchmark -- the S&P500 Index, and has more than doubled its net asset value. The net total asset as of June 2015 was $525,530. Stuart Investments has trained students in equity research and portfolio management for more than 10 years and continues to provide students with valuable learning and teamwork experience.

Stuart Investments 10-Year Anniversary Gala

The Stuart School of Business celebrated Stuart Investments' 10-year anniversary on Friday, April 29, 2016 with an evening of high-profile guest speakers, presentations, and networking with alumni and industry leaders. View more photos

Pictured: Faculty Advisor Mike Rybak with the Stuart Investments leadership team.

Pictured: Ram Gandikota (Vice Chairman), Mike Rybak (Faculty advisor), Patrick Bourbon, CFA (Chairman), Ramiro Atristain (Board member), Jagadish Devarajan (Board member)

Thanks to our keynote speaker Ralph Wanger, CFA! Ralph is a generous supporter of the University, as well as Illinois Tech Regent and Investment Committee Chairperson.

Pictured: Ralph Wanger, CFA (IIT Regent, Legendary investor, and 2016 Stuart Investments Keynote Speaker), Patrick Bourbon, CFA (Chairman)

Previous Stuart Investment Executive Team Members

Diana Olarnvoravuth, Executive Director 
Rasinee Pongchairerks, Fund Manager 
Thai (Samuel) Doan, Risk Manager 
Wenying He, Sector Leader Head 
Smitha Shivakumar, Marketing Manager